A report released by the State Department earlier this week suggests that Hillary Clinton may be in some incredibly hot water for her infamous private email server scandal. As an FBI investigation into her private server continues, the State Department Inspector General conducted its own investigation into the former Secretary of State and has since reported that Hillary committed several infractions to federal protocol and procedure throughout her time in the Obama Administration.
"At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act," says the report, which examined policies and laws pertinent to record-keeping within the State Department from 1997 to present.
The Inspector General’s report also includes testimonials from Office of Information Resources Management, who reportedly tried to warn officials of Hillary’s actions but were told to keep quiet. They "discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton's use of a personal email account in separate meetings with the then-Director,” however they were dismissed.
"According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary's personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further." The Director then "instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary's personal email system again." To draw yet another inconsistency, however, the Under Secretary for Mangement and the Office of the Legal Adviser had "no knowledge of approval or review by other Department staff.”
While Hillary continues to tell reporters and audiences that she did everything in her power to protect classified information and worked with government officials to do so, the new report "found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server."
What’s perhaps even more troubling is that the Clinton team refused to cooperate with the State Department on this matter, declining to conduct interviews or provide vital information. Wolf Blitzer noted last night that “it looks as if she’s got something to hide when she doesn’t even want to answer questions from the inspector general of the State Department.”
Will this report be wildly problematic for Clinton? What is she hiding?